BY HENRY UMORU
ABUJA — SENATE President David Mark has vowed that the government will not bow to pressures from foreign nations because of their financial assistance and mortgage the future and well-being of Nigerians.

He also reiterated that the mission and purpose of the Senate and, indeed, the National Assembly was the interest, well- being and protection of all Nigerians.

Speaking at Mbaise, Imo State, after he was conferred with a chieftaincy title of ‘Enyi Oha-Mbaise(worthy friend of Mbaise) by the traditional council of chiefs in the area, weekend, Mark, however, canvassed for unity and peaceful co-existence between and among various ethnic and religious groups.

He noted that a successful administration was one in which the government and the governed enjoyed mutual cooperation and respect.

Meanwhile, Owerri Catholic Diocese, through the Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s  Catholic Church,  Rev. Father Anthony Njoku, has hailed the Senate for the passage of same sex marriage law, just as he urged the senators not to be cajoled by blackmail by  foreign nations to rescind the decision.

He told leaders at all levels to let the wishes of the citizenry dictate their policies and programmes.

It would be recalled that the Senate had last Tuesday passed the Same- Sex bill, sponsored and marshalled by Senator Domingo Alaba Obende, ACN, Edo North, thereby prohibiting all marriages between man and man and between woman and woman.

Speaking further, Senator Mark, who noted that political parties were the only vehicles through which public officers rode into office to serve the people, stressed that it was the interest of the nation and not political parties that influenced their legislative decisions.

He said: “We will neither abdicate our responsibilities to our people nor be intimidated or fall to their blackmail. We shall do what is just and right for the nation.

“We shall not be fooled or deceived by the antics of any foreign donor or aide to mortgage our culture and tradition for what is ordinarily a taboo.

‘’Even the Holy book affirmed that sex is for procreation in marriage, God created sex so that we can reproduce after our own kind. Genesis chapter 1 : 28 tells us that God blessed the  man and the woman and commanded them to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth”.

On the occasion,the  senator representing Imo East and Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Mrs.  Chris Anyanwu, was also conferred with the title of ‘Ada Eji Agamba (a worthy first daughter we are proud of).

Eze Chidi Okoro, chairman of Imo East council of chiefs led other traditional rulers numbering about 80, to confer the titles on the awardees amidst pomp and pageantry.

In her remarks, Senator Anyanwu said she dedicated her victory at the polls to God saying that it was the divine intervention that saw her through.

Also speaking, former president of the Senate, Chief Ken Nnamani who noted that he was proud of the senate, urged the Senators to sustain the good job.

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